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Notable quotes about Salesforce, Twitter, recruiting programmers, and others in the software ecosystem

By January 16, 2012Uncategorized

“It all boils down to the fact Salesforce.com is doing everything it can to give the appearance things are all rosy when in fact cracks are emerging … big ones. No one is saying anything melodramatic like “they are going under,” clearly they are not. What is being said is they are using accounting games to boost current results and subtly changed bonus metrics for execs so they could keep the cash flowing to themselves all the while exercising options 2-3 years early and dumping virtually every share. Organic growth is slowing dramatically and the small deals they are doing simply can’t continue to make up the difference.”
Todd Sullivan, general partner, Rand Strategic Partners
“Think about the last time you saw Oracle’s Larry Ellison or Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer publicly engaging customers online. When was it? Never, you say? Here’s the point. For as much as skeptics tout Microsoft’s Dynamics and Oracle’s on-demand customer relationship management software as alternatives, neither embraces social integration the same way that salesforce.com has.”
Tim Beyers, writer for The Motley Fool
“The US post-secondary education system is massively failing us: it’s not producing even remotely enough programmers to meet the hiring needs of the technology industry. Not even remotely enough.”
Joel Spolsky, co-founder, Fog Creek Software
“There’s tons of consolidation coming because [cloud] is a big boy’s game.”
Andres Rodriguez, CEO, Nasuni, a cloud storage management company
“Global companies, and especially Asian ones, are collecting US patents at a dizzying pace, and now Asian firms hold eight of the top 10 slots in the 2011 ranking. This isn’t to say that US companies have lost their verve for patent production, as their patent portfolios are also growing. It seems that Asian companies have apparently made it a higher priority.”
Mike Baycroft, CEO, IFI Claims Patent Services
“Twitter’s really into this [yoga]. There’s a whole mindfulness program they’re trying to build there. Like a lot of companies, they’re concerned about the well-being of their employees. “It’s like we’ve created this Frankenstein, where all this incredible technology can either be used for good or can take over our lives,” she says. “Companies like Twitter are having an active discussion about how we can use technology in a way that’s helpful, but without suffering from its negative effects.”
Deborah Burkman, leader of yoga retreats and meditation teacher at Twitter
“The introduction of increasingly sophisticated devices, coupled with growing consumer demand, is creating unrelenting pressure on mobile networks. The capacity crunch is still a very real threat for mobile operators, and it looks set to only get harder in 2012. The mobile industry needs new investment and new approaches to boost network performance and manage the customer experience.”
Michael Flanagan, chief technology officer, Arieso